Council play down talk that £200,000 of south Leeds housing cash set for trolleybus

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Fears that money raised by plans for controversial housing developments in Rothwell will be spent on the Leeds Trolleybus scheme have been played down.

It had been suggested that over £200,000 generated when Leeds City Council approved plans to build on former farmland at Fleet Lane and Royds Lane could go to the project’s Stourton park and ride, which is outside of Rothwell ward.

But the council has insisted that the money, earmarked for local transport investment, has yet to reach the council and when it does, ward councillors will be consulted before a decision is made as to where it should be spent.

Coun Stewart Golton (Lib Dem, Rothwell) has stressed the negatives of investing in the Stourton section of the £250m Trolleybus transport system.

He said: “The local benefits stated by the council are laughable. If anything, we should be looking at a park and ride to ease parking around Woodlesford station, and trying to help the residents calling for reinstatement of their bus service down Styebank Lane to Rothwell town centre.”

Stating locals will be consulted, Coun Karen Bruce (Lab, Rothwell) said: “Residents that are affected will have a say as to how it is spent. It will be compensation for people, so we are going to have to get it into something that benefits the whole community.”

Land at Fleet Lane and Royds Lane was protected from development up until last year when the council passed plans to build 170 houses on the sites.

A council spokeswoman said: “There has been absolutely no formal allocation of this money to any particular scheme.”